Rage Kidvai

  • Hosted by Sylvia Rivera Law Project
  • Sponsored by The Paul Rapoport Foundation
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Law school City University of New York School of Law
  • Fellowship class year 2014
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Rage provided direct legal representation in immigration (specifically, asylum, withholding of removal, u-visa, t-visa, adjustment of status, employment authorization and naturalization) applications for low-income transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex immigrants, prioritizing individuals with criminal convictions.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project

Transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGNCI) people experience astounding violence, harassment, and imprisonment. 63 percent of transgender people have experienced serious acts of discrimination (i.e., events that have a major impact on a person’s quality of life and ability to sustain oneself financially or emotionally). Trans people flee their home countries due to gender-based persecution; however, when living in the U.S., they are often exposed to the criminal legal system. Many of these immigrants have no representation, and LGBT legal organizations are only beginning to address the unique issues of TGNCI individuals. This Fellowship, located at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, will fill a gap in legal services for undocumented, poor TGNCI individuals with criminal records, by assisting those who qualify for asylum or withholding of removal based upon a well-founded fear of persecution

Fellowship Highlights

In the past two years, Rage has:

  • Helped many TGNCI individuals obtain legal immigration status (and subsequent access to benefits)
  • Advocated for clients to obtain immigration identity documents that reflect people’s correct names and genders
  • Connected TGNCI people to appropriate services in areas such as name changes, identity documents, housing, shelter, criminal cases, employment discrimination, health, public benefits, inter-personal violence, and immigration.


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